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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Forthcoming Book Release: One Hundred Thousand Moons -- An Advanced Political History of Tibet

April 16, 2009

An Advanced Political History of Tibet
by Tsepon Wangchuk Deden Shakabpa.
Translated and annotated by Derek F. Maher

Publication year: 2009
Cover:  Hardback
Number of pages:        1,344 pp.
Number of volumes:      2
List price:  269.00 / US$ 398.00
Series: Brill's Tibetan Studies Library, 23
ISBN-13 (i)The ISBN (International Standard Book
Number) has been changed from 10 to 13 digits on
1 January 2007: 978 90 04 17732 1
ISSN:   1568-6183  

Anyone interested in Tibetan history, nationalist
historiography, Sino-Tibetan relations, Asian
history, and the intersection of religion and politics.

About the author(s)
Tsepon W. D. Shakabpa (1907-1989) was the finance
minister and a senior diplomatic representative
of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. He wrote several
books and many articles on Tibetan history.
Derek F. Maher, Ph.D. (2003) in Religious
Studies, University of Virginia, is Associate
Professor of Buddhism at East Carolina
University, where he is the Director of the
Religious Studies. He has published widely on Tibetan history and biography.
Drawing on a vast array of historical and
biographical sources, this volume elaborates
Tibetan political history, arguing that Tibet has
long been an independent nation, and that the
1950 incursion by the Chinese was an invasion of
a sovereign country. The author situates Tibet's
relations with a series of Chinese, Manchurian,
and Mongolian empires in terms of the
preceptor-patron relationship, an essentially
religious connection in which Tibetan religious
figures offered spiritual instruction to the
contemporaneous emperor or other militarily
powerful figure in exchange for protection and
religious patronage. Simultaneously, this volume
serves as an introduction to many aspects of
Tibetan culture, society, and especially
religion. With a compendium of biographies of the
most significant figures in Tibet's past.

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